London, South Kensington
31 October 2012
'One of my favourite pictures of this time is "Top Withens" on the Yorkshire moors. I was then trying to photograph the country which had inspired Emily Brontë. I went to the West Riding in summer, but there were tourists and it seemed quite the wrong time of the year. I liked it better misty, rainy and lonely in November. But I was not satisfied until I saw it again in February. I took the picture just after a hailstorm when a high wind was blowing over the moors.'
BILL BRANDT (1904-1983)
Top Withens, West Riding, Yorkshire, 1945
gelatin silver print
signed in ink, titled and dated in pencil (verso)
photographer's credit stamp (verso)
image/sheet 15¼ x 13 1/8in. (39 x 33.6cm.)
Private collection, UK.
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